Designer: Cushendale Woollen Mills
Since 1778, six generations of our family have been producing exceptional textiles from our mill in Kilkenny, Ireland.
Using rare Irish fleece and revered, time-honoured techniques, our fabrics are superior in touch, unique in colour and naturally sustainable.
To experience Cushendale is to be connected to centuries of knowledge and craftsmanship with passion and warmth.
About Cushendale Woollen Mills
The Cushen family traces its weaving heritage as far back as 1778 through six generations and a mill has stood on this site since 1204 when the Cistercian monks first established their abbey in Graiguenamanagh. Cushendale is the remarkable story of one family’s vocation to woollen textile manufacturing, a valuable and fully sustainable natural resource. Maintaining the heritage of the mill has always been a life-long vocation of this family and on entering the mill one immediately notices the incredible machinery, much of which dates to Victorian times. The master craftsmanship associated with the continued use of these historic machines contributes greatly to the exceptional finish and handle of Cushendale textiles.
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Cushendale still operates as a “vertical mill” just as it did in the 19th century, continuing to card, spin and weave locally sourced Irish wool. This truly rare ability of maintaining all stages of the process in one location is what makes Cushendale textiles stand out in both quality and provenance. There are over twenty individual processes or stages in creating an Irish wool throw/blanket from the fleece of the protected Galway sheep, all of which are carefully completed by expert hands in this historic mill.
In more recent times Cushendale has worked with world renowned designers such as award winning fashion designer John Rocha CBE and French designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, the current Artistic Director of United Colours of Benetton. Enlightening experiences such as these enrich and influence the brands own design outlook and understanding.